Marcelo Flores placeholder image Thanks to the Man of the Moment and his extraordinary exploits in Mexico 2021 Revelation Cup It happened at the beginning of the month.
Young talentedArsenal, Who turned 18 in October, has been a full-fledged protagonist, pulling Mexico under-20s to victory in the tournament, winning two of the three games they have played.
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He scored on two occasions in victories against Brazil and the United States, and his artistic performances – self-taught at home with a trampoline – attracted the attention of the entire country along with his performances.
He was selected as the tournament’s best player, and since then the Gunners’ star has been present in all the newspapers, and there are even people asking for an immediate promotion to the senior national team.
“The press and television showed more interest in him. Explained Cole Ruben Flores, Father of Marcelo – But I do not know why everyone is so excited.
“Marcelo already has other good experiences with the U20, with which he has played in countries like Denmark and Spain, and always performed better, so I do not understand what the difference is now.”
“Maybe it’s because he played so well against Brazil.”
“But Marcelo will not let this touch him. He wants to play football. This is what he wants.”
Marcelo Flores placeholder image He is indebted to his father Ruben, Born in Mexico City and played in the primaries with Atlante, his Mexican citizen from 1988 to 1990.
However, the young Arsenal striker could also be represented Canada, It’s his home country, andEngland, Must have a British passport at the beginning of the year.
He is now open to all his options and his father firmly believes that it is not necessary to make such an important decision quickly, especially when one is still young.
“This is not the time to choose – Ruben explained – He’s still young.
“Last year he got a call from Canada, but Covit was there. He was already going to Mexico, so this is not the right time.”
“He took part in the retreat with the UK U16, but at the time he did not have a passport. All he needed to get British citizenship came this year.
“This time we don’t see it as a difficult decision. He wants to play football. That’s what’s important.”
“He’s going to be invited and had a lot of fun with Mexico. He’s too young for everything else.”
Exploitation with Mexico certainly did not surprise those who had the opportunity to see how he started the season with Arsenal.
He scored six goals and provided two assists in eight matches for the Under-18s.
Its performance also attracted attention Michael Arteta, Which has made him a first-team coach several times in recent months.
Although he did not get the opportunities that many expected at the U23 level this season, it seems that everything can change in just a matter of time. He will soon be promoted to the team led by Kevin Betsy.
“Training with the first team is a dream – Flores told Cole in an interview published in December 2020 – I can not believe what is happening.
“I enjoy everything I enjoy. I want to be the legend of this club.”
Flores’ life has always revolved around football.
Both his mother and father played when he was young and Ruben, as soon as he put on his shoes, became a coach.
Worked withOntario Soccer Association Therefore Marcelo He was never far from a ball and the same goes for his two sisters Tatiana e Silvana.
“Marcelo always kicked a ball – Ruben revealed – Since he was a child “.
“If I go to work wearing jeans and a t-shirt, he will kiss me and say hello, but if I’re wearing football clothes he would start asking questions.”
“After that he would take off his shoes and ball and join me before I got in the car. At that point I had to take it with me. He has always loved football. “
“I remember him and his sisters returning early from school to watch the Champions League.”
“They liked Messi, Xavi and Iniesta’s Barcelona”.
“So I’ll take them, go home, have lunch and watch all their games.”
According to Marcelo, his first big break came when he was seen playing football in the Cayman Islands.
Ruben was the coach of the Cayman Islands women’s team at the time and often took her family with her.
During the competition abroad, a coach from the youth departmentIpswich Town, Steve Foley, a ‘Training campMarcelo has done enough to get his attention.
Ipswich invited him to an audition, which is why he got a spot.Art Gallery‘In 2016.
He initially traveled from Canada, but once his family members got the required visa, they all went to the UK together.
Marcelo spent two years before moving to IpswichArsenal In 2018.
Sisters Tatiana e Silvana Now they are playing respectively Chelsea And this Tottenham, But they also went to Arsenal.
Marcelo was soon promoted to U18 and was one of the team’s distinctive elements last season.
Arsenal offered him his first professional contract in October 2020, which expires in three years, but there is also a desire to renew him for two more seasons.
Together with various Charlie Patino, Omar Hutchinson and Salah Olot M’Hand for what he does, he will soon be knocking on the doors of the first team.
“It’s making its way – Ruben said “And he enjoys football.”
“Now, that’s what’s important.”
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